A Bibliographic Scan of Digital Scholarly Communication Infrastructure | Educopia Institute

“This Bibliographic Scan by David W. Lewis provides an extensive literature review and overview of today’s digital scholarly communications ecosystem, including information about 206 tools, services, and systems that are instrumental to the publishing and distribution of the scholarly record. The Bibliographic Scan includes 67 commercial and 139 non-profit scholarly communication organizations, programs, and projects that support researchers, repositories, publishing, discovery, preservation, and assessment. 

The review includes three sections: 1) Scholarly citations of works that discuss various functional areas of digital scholarly communication ecosystem (e.g., Repositories, Research Data, Discovery, Evaluation and Assessment, and Preservation); 2) Charts that record the major players active in each functional area;  and 3) Descriptions of each organization/program/project included in the Bibliographic Scan.  

This work has been produced as part of the “Mapping the Scholarly Communication Infrastructure” project (Andrew W. Mellon Foundation; Middlebury College, 2018-20).”

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“One of the key components of academic career advancement are the review, promotion, and tenure (RPT) packets that are prepared by faculty on a regular basis as part of their standard performance evaluations. As such, the RPT process in general, and the guidelines that inform the content of RPT packets, are a natural place to effect change in academia. While this is true of many aspects of academic life, it is especially true of the changes needed for a greater opening of access to research (something both Canada and the US have been pushing for through federal policies and laws). This project examined the RPT process in the US and Canada with the goal of directly informing actions likely to translate into behavioural change and to a greater opening of research.

The project has already yielded several important findings, which have been disseminated through peer reviewed publications:

On the Public Dimensions of Faculty Work;
On the Use of the Journal Impact Factor; and
On the Perceptions of Faculty….”

2020 EUA Webinar Series on Academic Career Assessment in the Transition to Open Science

“EUA is pleased to present a webinar series based on the “2020 EUA Workshop on Academic Career Assessment in the Transition to Open Science”. To support measures to contain the spread of the coronavirus, EUA cancelled the physical event, but will organise webinars starting on Monday, 18 May. Each webinar will last one hour and will include interaction with the audience.

The European higher education, research and innovation landscape is changing. A broad range of academic activities are gaining even more prominence, including Open Access publishing, digital learning and teaching, and new forms of knowledge exchange with society. Universities are rethinking how to incentivise and reward these and other activities as part of their approach to career assessment.

The discussion on career assessment has taken major steps forward since the 2019 EUA workshop on this topic. This webinar series will draw from current discussions and incorporates them in a forward-looking debate that will be of interest to institutional leaders (rectors, vice-rectors and heads of administration), research department staff and management involved in learning and teaching, as well as representatives of other organisations….”

DORA statement on hiring, promotion, and funding decisions during the COVID-19 pandemic – DORA

“DORA calls on all universities and research institutions to:

Redefine their expectations for productivity in the wake of the present pandemic.
Communicate clearly to academics and researchers how they will modify research evaluation procedures for hiring, promotion, and tenure.

We applaud those that have already taken action (e.g. see: here). In a similar vein, DORA calls on research funders to reassure applicants that they will also take account of the productivity impact of the COVID-19 crisis….”

DORA statement on hiring, promotion, and funding decisions during the COVID-19 pandemic – DORA

“DORA calls on all universities and research institutions to:

Redefine their expectations for productivity in the wake of the present pandemic.
Communicate clearly to academics and researchers how they will modify research evaluation procedures for hiring, promotion, and tenure.

We applaud those that have already taken action (e.g. see: here). In a similar vein, DORA calls on research funders to reassure applicants that they will also take account of the productivity impact of the COVID-19 crisis….”

DORA’s first funder discussion: updates from Swiss National Science Foundation, Wellcome Trust, and the Dutch Research Council – DORA

“DORA launched a new virtual discussion series for public and private research funders on Wednesday, March 26. The goal of the series is to increase communication about research assessment reform by providing a space for funders to share and discuss new initiatives. We hope this will ultimately serve as a platform to accelerate the spread of good research assessment policies and practices.

Representatives from the Swiss National Science Foundation, Dutch Research Council, and Wellcome Trust provided updates on some of their pilot projects….”

GOOD PRACTICE IN RESEARCHER EVALUATION. RECOMMENDATION FOR THE RESPONSIBLE EVALUATION OF A RESEARCHER IN FINLAND

“This is a recommendation for the responsible evaluation of a researcher. In this context, a researcher is a person who is a member of the teaching and research staff of a Finnish university or research institute or is primarily engaged in research or applying for research funding. This recommendation has been drafted from the point of view of an individual researcher evaluation. The same principles should be followed when evaluating research organizations, research units, and research in a broader context. The recommendation is recommended to use in conjunction with The Finnish Advisory Board on Research Integrity’s (TENK) template for a researcher’s curriculum vitae. This recommendation was accepted on 4th of February, 2020, by a working group set up by the Federation of Finnish Learned Societies (TSV) in October 2018….”

Malta Open Access policy report finalised

“The development of Malta’s National Open Access Policy has been entrusted to the Malta Council for Science and Technology (MCST), a governmental body that falls under the Parliamentary Secretary for Financial Services and Digital Economy within the Ministry for Finance and Financial Services.

With support from the European Horizon 2020 Policy Support Facility, the MCST started developing Malta’s tailor-made Open Access policy during a meeting in Brussels in July 2019. This was followed by two visits to Malta in October and December 2019 by representatives of the European Commission and its appointed independent experts. During their first visit, the delegates held individual meetings with national stakeholders, while in the second visit, a workshop for the stakeholders was arranged.

The final report with the recommendations on the national Open Access policy was recently launched at an online video conference organised by the MCST and streamed live on the council’s social media access. A recording of the full live stream may be found at www.facebook.com/MaltaCouncilforScienceandTechonology/videos/25844896151292

The final report can be accessed via the MCST website below.

https://mcst.gov.mt/wp-content/uploads/2020/04/OPEN-ACCESS-MALTA-REPORT.pdf …”